The Glaoui rugs come from Glaoua (Glawa), a region lost in the middle of the nature of the High Atlas near to Marrakesh. Others tribes belong to the Glaoui like: Oulad Ben Othman, Oula El Aiachi, Oulad Brahim, Oulad Bou Zian, Oulad Said and Oulad Amer.
The mountain in Glawa is sumptuous and devoid of forests. His austerity rugged beauty and nudity, however, gives him a wild grandeur. The Chleuh call it “adrar n’deren” which means mountain. There, the arid, wet and cold mountains are covered with snow part of the year. The Berber cling to it yet, taking advantage of the little land that remains deep valleys and rivers.
The rugs are handcrafted and represents a unique style of its kind. It combines in itself all the arts of carpet weaving. It’s both woven, knotted and embroidered with natural wool. Evidently, Glaoui weavings are valuable pieces of art representing the skills and talents of our craftswomen.
Their value increases as the time goes by, making of them a valuable heritage that should be preserved.
The art of weaving for the Berber woman is not just an ordinary household activity, but more importantly she expresses her feelings and emotions, and everything she can’t express verbally.